The mum of the baby boy killed by a family dog within hours of being born has shared a heartbreaking post to Facebook.
The infant was rushed to hospital after being attacked by the family’s Rottweiler at their Hamilton home, on New Zealand’s North Island, Sunday about 7pm (local time).
New Zealand Police on Tuesday told Yahoo News Australia the newborn died on Monday night.
The young mum on Wednesday shared a photo to Facebook of herself when she was still pregnant with her son.
“If only I could go back to this day with (you) still in my tummy, my son,” she wrote in a post, which she completed with a sad emoji, according to the New Zealand Herald.
She also shared a photo of her newborn baby sleeping with his hands clenched into fists next to his cheeks.
Friends and family tried consoling the grieving mum in comments to her post.
“I have no words, my friend. We are all trying to carry your loss for you, but I guess you won't even feel it as the weight is so heavy,” one person wrote.
“We love you ... and we got you. Hang in there and breathe.”
The new mum had reportedly gone to the toilet when the dog mauled the infant before attempting to bury him outside, Stuff reported.
After hearing screaming coming from the home, two brothers from next door rushed to help, one of them offering his hoodie so the mum could cover the dirtied and bloodied baby.
“[She] was just trying to keep the baby awake, trying to keep it crying. She asked me for a cloth - so I took off my hoodie and gave it straight to her,” they told Newshub.
The baby’s death has been referred to the coroner.
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